Dolphins cornerback Michael Thomas was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Miami's 24-20 victory over the visiting Patriots.
Thomas, who arrived in South Florida last Tuesday after the Dolphins acquired him from the 49ers practice squad, recorded two tackles, two passes defensed and the game-clinching interception in the end zone.
The 24-year-old was making his NFL debut and had no reps in practice leading up to the game. He saw action when Miami's Brent Grimes and Nolan Carroll exited with injuries.
"I thought our staff did a good job -- you've got a guy coming off the plane and get him acclimated into the system as quickly as you can," coach Joe Philbin said. "Let's face it, this is a bright young man. Eager like most of us when you go to work for a new employer and you want to make a good impression."
Thomas joins Olivier Vernon (Week 13) and Cameron Wake (Week 9) as recipients of the honor this season.